Joanne Courtney. The name may sound familiar, especially to curling enthusiasts and Alberta residents. Joanne is a competitive curler: she is also a registered hemodialysis nurse in Edmonton. Recently, Joanne was approached to be part of the 2017 Women of Curling Calendar: each of the 12 featured athletes gets to designate a charity that will benefit from the proceeds. She immediately picked The Kidney Foundation of Canada. Click here for more information.
On Sept. 9, Canadian Blood Services (CBS) alongside partners in the Canadian Organ Donation and Transplant Network released a report detailing a decade of information on national organ donation and transplantation. The Organ Donation and Transplantation in Canada: System Progress Report 2006–2015 includes the most current Canadian statistics on deceased and living donation and transplantation performance.
"It is encouraging to see a 23% increase in the number of transplants in Canada and measurable growth in the national deceased donation rate since 2006," said Kidney Foundation National Executive Director Elizabeth Myles.